JTC buys more Flag capacity

Jordan Telecommunications Company is buying more Flag capacity to meet increasing demand for Internet services in the country.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

Jordan Telecommunications Company is buying more Flag capacity to meet increasing demand for Internet services in the country.

Jordan became the 16th landing on the Flag Europe-Asia cable route in July last year, and now JTC wants to cut the cost of Internet access as well as meet demand.

“Jordan is experiencing an increasing demand for broadband access to the rest of the world from our ISPs,” Pierre Mattei, JTC, commented.

“As part of our strategy to meet this demand, we partnered with Flag Telecom to bring their global network to land at Aqaba and provide fast, clear communications,” he added.

“Today we are announcing the acquisition of capacity direct from Jordan to the heart of New York dedicated to Internet traffic. With easy access direct to the hub of the world’s Internet traffic we are aiming to reduce the price of Internet access for all our domestic customers, which in turn will further expand e-commerce and other applications in Jordan.”

Aqaba to New York

TC is buying an additional 45 Mbits/s broadband capacity between Aqaba and New York. Terms of the purchase agreement were not disclosed. Walid Irshaid, Flag Telecom’s VP, Middle East & Africa, said.

“Since the opening of the landing station at Aqaba, the region has seen an ever increasing need for high capacity, error-free transmission as data takes over from voice as the most usual means of communication,” Irshaid said.

He continued: “Increasingly, our customers are looking for direct city to city connectivity, and we are able to provide services to most of the world’s major business centres.”

Flag Telecom is a leading independent global carrier providing a range of services to the international carrier community, application services providers and Internet Service Providers across a global platform optimised to support the next generation of IP over optical data networks.

Transoceanic Cable System

The Flag Europe-Asia cable stretches from the UK to Japan and entered commercial service in November 1997. Flag Atlantic-1, the world’s first dual transoceanic terabit cable system, is currently under construction and is scheduled to enter service in the first quarter next year.

The recently announced Flag Pacific-1 is expected to the longest transoceanic DWDM system to date and is expected to enter service in early 2002. By then the company’s network footprint is expected to stretch over a 64,500 km route from New York to London, Paris and all the major European business centres; through the Mediterranean to the Middle East, Africa and on to Asia. From Tokyo it is expected to run across the Pacific to the Internet hub cities of Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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